By John D. MacDonald
(Originally released in 1954. This version has an creation via Dean Koontz.)
A tv megastar wilting below the limelight. An adman with a stiff higher lip. A emerging long island artist. A determined housewife. All are sufferers of a merciless puppet master—and now, in John D. MacDonald’s riveting whodunit, certainly one of them is a killer.
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